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Around the World in Eighty Treasures


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The Americas include: Amazonian tribal headdress, Mesa Verde in Mexico, the Colt 45, Monticello, Statue of Liberty, Seagram Building, Totem Poles. The Far East includes: Kakadu Rock paintings, Cliffside Graves, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Himeji Castle in Japan. The Indian subcontinent includes: Ellora/Ajanta paintings, Palace of Jaipur. The Middle East includes: Minaret of Jam and Bactrian Gold in Afghanistan, Samarkand, Karnak, Damascus Souq, Petra, Temple Mount. Africa includes: Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia, Lalibela, Dogon mask, Leptis Magna in Libya. Western Europe includes: Palech icon, Tsarkoye Selo Amber Room, the Parthenon, Michelangelo's David, Alhambra in Spain and Chartres Cathedral.

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Accompanies a 10 part x 1 hour prime time series on BBC2 to be screened in early 2005. The treasures chosen represent man's greatest achievements, and range from Machu Picchu and Easter Island in the Americas to the Samurai sword, the Great Wall of China, the Spice warehouses in Kochi, India, Michelangelo's David and the Moscow Underground. The journey is as important as Dan's knowledgeable observations on the treasures - his diary records the ups and downs of each day's travel, the people he meets, the expectations and the realities.

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Dan Cruickshank is a regular presenter on the BBC best known for his popular BBC2 series The Best Buildings of Britain and What the Industrial Revolution Did for Us. He is one of Britain's leading architectural and historic building experts. For Omnibus he has travelled to Afghanistan and Iraq to discover what cultural treasures remain after years of looting and civil war.


A truly fascinating experience for the reader. This book is a treasure in itself. - THE SUN

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